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Cook provides Tigers' World Cup fielding report

Published : Sunday, 25 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 84

Bangladesh fielding coach Ryan Cook has recently submitted the World Cup fielding report to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), providing every detail.
At the same time, he also provided the fielding report of Bangladesh's three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.
"I have provided the World Cup fielding report as well as the series I was involved so far. You know lots of these stuffs would be really holistic. I break it down in terms of what our percentages in each game in Test. Or how many runs we save or cost if it's one-day cricket so those things I included," Cook said here on Saturday.
In those two series, Bangladesh fielding was not totally up to the mark, prompting BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon to be harsh on the players.
Papon said the fielding performance would be counted to get a place or retain the place in the team from now on.
His comment came after Bangladesh missed several chances in the World Cup, for which he they have to pay dearly. Bangladesh's ground fielding was disappointing as they allowed the opponents taking easy singles and doubles. It is believed Bangladesh at least failed to save 100 plus runs in the World Cup due to shoddy ground fielding.
Bangladesh missed crucial catches of David Warner in the match against Australia on two occasions early of his innings, allowing him to hammer 166 runs. They also failed to inflict run-out on Kane Williamson who latter helped the side recover from the perilous situation to pave New Zealand's narrow victory over Bangladesh.
The fielders also shelled the catch of Rohit Sharma who went on to hit century to help India win the game against Bangladesh. Apart from those catches and run-out chances, they put down several catches in different points of every game. Their fielding woes continued in Sri Lanka series also.
But Cook claimed that the fielding was good in Sri Lanka series.
"One of the thing we focused a lot was, on the positions of the players in the areas of strength, we focused on it during the World Cup a lot. We actually did that quite well in Sri Lanka. So those were the things in those reports," he said.
Cook however also stressed upon the requirements to put the system in place in a bid to make the country a good fielding unit.

"I think it needs to be a priority. Fielding needs to be a priority from the bottom to the top. You want players to grow up thinking 'I want to be the best fielder in the world, never mind in Bangladesh. And through the age group level, you need to able to put the system in place that will be able to do that. You know the fast bowlers can no longer hard on the boundary. They need to be taught a lot about how they field. So these are the big areas we can work."     -BSS

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